Copoco’s Honey – Fort Collins born and bred

If you’ve ever journeyed up 287/College towards Poudre Canyon on your way out of Old Town, you may have noticed the honeycomb colored storefront as the road banks West. Copoco’s Honey – Fort Collins born and bred – a shop proud to sell honey gathered by the Northern Colorado’s expansive beekeeping society.  Jack and Virginia Gilmore manage the store. Their two sons founded Copoco (then called Bee Busters) back in 2001.

When the Gilmore brothers had the idea for opening a honey shop, they intended to do so off the steam of their honey production. The failure of this initial venture, and the recent successes of the enterprise through the marketing of a large variety of honey products and beekeeping supplies is indicative of the kind of massive waters business the Gilmores are proud to endure.

“If the taste is unique enough, we’ll buy it, bottle it, and sell it.” exclaims Jack Gilmore over a phone conversation.

They buy honey by itself, and in the form of ‘caps’ – the mixture of honey and beeswax one harvests from a plastic comb. Mr. Gilmore himself is to give a lecture at an upcoming meeting of the Northern Colorado Beekeeper’s Association (NCBA), sharing the precious trials and turmoil’s that lead to the creation of his successful trade.

It hasn’t been easy for the business as of late. Construction throughout College and 287 restricts traffic flowing across to the store and is further diminishing their already limited parking space. The store’s deep roots in the community, their many loyal patrons, and their drive to represent local harvesters, however, has staved off the many factors threatening the business’s longevity. For more information on Copoco’s Honey, you can visit their website, or better yet, stop by for a taste!

 

 

 

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